NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 18th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (15-38) at Portland Trail Blazers (32-20), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers get back to work for the first time since the All-Star break on Wednesday, when they open a three-game homestand by welcoming the Memphis Grizzlies to the Rose Garden.
The Blazers finished the first half on a sour note, after Corey Maggette poured in 24 points off the bench and Monta Ellis added 20 as Golden State held on to down Portland, 105-98, in Oakland last Thursday.
All-Star Brandon Roy exploded for 37 points on 14-of-21 shooting and LaMarcus Aldridge collected 20 points for Portland, which continues to struggle on the road.
The Rose Garden has been a different story for the young Blazers, however. Portland, which will also welcome Atlanta and the LA Clippers to the Pacific Northwest on its current residency, has won five straight on its home floor and is a gaudy 20-5 as the host on the year.
Roy also contributed 14 points, five rebounds and five assists in Sunday�s All-Star Game.
On the injury front for the Blazers, emerging center Greg Oden will sit tonight's contest with a bone chip in his left knee suffered against the Warriors. Oden was unable to play in the All-Star weekend's rookie challenge because of the injury and is currently listed as day-to-day. Team doctors are expected to evaluate his knee later Wednesday, however.
The oft-injured Oden, who was the top pick in the 2007 draft, sat out all of last season after microfracture surgery on his right knee. He also missed six games at the start of this season with a foot injury.
The Grizzlies, meanwhile, fell to 0-2 on a three-game road trip on Tuesday, when C.J. Miles scored a game-best 24 points, Deron Williams added 20 and Utah welcomed Andrei Kirilenko back to the lineup in a 117-99 rout of Memphis.
Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo each totaled 18 points, Darko Milicic notched a double- double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Mike Conley donated 13 points for the Grizzlies, who dropped to a miserable 3-20 away from home on the campaign and lost their ninth straight game to the Jazz.
Portland has taken three straight games over the Grizzlies.
02/18 12:55:27 ET